When QPR snatched French international Loic Remy from underneath the noses of Newcastle United in January it truly was a magnificent coup; and seemed the perfect solution toward their relegation struggles.
A recognised goalscorer practically custom made for Premier League football this was to be Harry Redknapp’s battering ram when it came to survival.
Remy has certainly done his part. He had some worries with injury to contend with but in terms of his on-field performance he has impressed; scoring five goals in seven games including his magnificent strike against Wigan Athletic last weekend.
However it seems for all his efforts nothing will change for the White City club as Shaun Maloney’s late free-kick all but condemned QOR to Championship football again next season.
Which brings you to the clubs star players.
First of all you have to consider the financial implications of dropping down a league. Parachute payments aside Tony Fernandes is a very wealthy man but keeping players on multi-million pound contracts at that level is simply not a workable model for English football.
There is also the reported fact that Remy has a relegation release clause in his current deal.
Not to mention the fact players like Remy, Julio Cesar, Esteban Granero etc are not going to want to play at that level; not when most of them could be playing in the Champions League instead.
But how could Fernandes convince him to stay?
Well how did he convince him to join in the first place? Well that age old negotiation tool of course; platform video games.
Remy revealed that after lengthy discussions with the Malaysian in January it was eventually a friendly game of FIFA 12 that sealed the deal:
"It was a special moment that followed our chat about QPR. We just played a game of FIFA - it was good and showed to me what a good person Tony is. He showed his human side to me as an owner of the club I wanted to join. It was a special moment for us both."
With Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and many others snooping around to get their man in the likely eventuality of QPR’s relegation perhaps Tony could try the same tact.
Invite Remy round, get the dips and nibbles at the ready, maybe a cheeky off-season beer and fire out a new purchase; FIFA 13.
Just make sure you let him win Tony.